Today is May 16, 2021 -

Congregation B'nai Israel

154 Years of Consecrated Service to God, Torah and Israel.

6525 Sylvania Avenue, Sylvania, Ohio 43560
Phone: (419) 517-8400

Women of CBI Book Club: May 2021 Selection – “The Weight of Ink” by Rachel Kaddish

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 10:30 via Zoom

Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.

As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of seventeenth-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation. Enlisting the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is charming, and in a race with another fast-moving team of historians, Helen embarks on one last project: to determine the identity of the documents’ scribe, the elusive “Aleph.”

Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.

Linda Beren will lead the book discussion on Zoom. This book is available through the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It is not necessary to have read the book to enjoy the discussion.

Please RSVP to Sharon Stein at by Wednesday, May 19, 2021.


If you are from another congregation and would like to attend this program, please call the office at 419.517.8400.

A Zoom link and passcode will be emailed before the scheduled program.